it's ON topic i think

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Posted by Alissa  on October 28, 2002 at 15:53:03:

In reply to: Big question, a bit off topic, though not completely... posted by Joan on October 28, 2002 at 02:07:27:

: I'm a sophomore in high school, and starting to look at what I'll
: major in when I go to college, what I'll do for a living, etc. I
: a lot of you here do henna you have another job
: besides henna?

Yes, I have about 3 other "jobs" and am a full time stay at home mom.
My "jobs" are not regular hours at a paid place of employement, but
only b/c my husband's income is the primary income in our home.

: Did you go to college, and if you did, where did you
: go and what did you major in?

I graduated from college with a major in English (Pre-Grad studies)
and a minor in Journalism. Without that, I'd never have made a dime.

: Is it hard to make a living just doing
: henna/art (starving artist stereotype)? If you don't mind answering
: (I can easily understand if you do), how much do you make a year?

It's almost impossible, I think, to support yourself on henna alone.
It would certainly take many many years to get to that point, where
other income will have to be what pays the bills while you establish
yourself and your clientele.

People henna themselves LAST in the list of things to do. They can
live without henna, but their hair will bother them if they go too
long without a haricut -- you see?

I make about $5000 a year on henna and henna related events. I would
starve to death on that if it was my only income.

: I would really love to do forms of art as a profession, I love
: creative as much as possible, but I think it'd be better to have a
: steady job underneath the art...any ideas/suggestions? I really
: appreciate your answering my questions. Thankee! =-)

I'm also a creative person, and at 32 am still trying to find a
creative job to fit my bill. I'm inclined towards literature and
writing, and those skills were necessary, and honed, in college.

My degree allowed me to have a $22K job at the local public libraries
that I kept for many years before leaving it to be a full time mom.

If you'd like to talk more, please email me and include a subject
that will let me know it's your email so I don't delete it by

My very best wishes to you as you continue to search. Henna is
wonderful, but not practical, as a business unto itself I think.


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